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  • ASK MIR: SHELF LIFE OF A FINE ART APPRAISAL

    September 27th, 2016 · 2:00 pm  →  Appraisal Art Law Art Market Artifacts Ask MIR Collection Management Provenance

    Dear Deanna, Thank you for submitting this question, as it tends to come up frequently in our work. We are large proponents of detailed record keeping when it comes to artwork. A previous appraisal report can be a tremendous asset when trying to determine ownership and provenance, and can even help in verifying authenticity, dependingRead the Rest…

    ASK MIR: PROPERLY IMAGING YOUR ARTWORK

    Dear Anthony, Thank you so much for this excellent question. In this technological age, our work is becoming more and more digital. While no photograph will ever be a comparable substitute to examining a piece of artwork in person, we frequently inspect artworks via images provided by our clients. As you can imagine, images thatRead the Rest…

    UPDATED FEDERAL LAWS INCREASE REQUIREMENTS FOR IVORY SALES

    August 2nd, 2016 · 2:00 am  →  Antiques Appraisal Art Law Art Market Artifacts Government Historical Objects Ivory News

    Just two months ago, we posted a follow-up to our original 2014 blog about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) regulations on the trade of ivory. Since 1989, trade in certain ivory items has been illegal in the United States, following an international agreement by United Nations sub-body the Convention on International Trade in EndangeredRead the Rest…

    U.S. IVORY TRADE TWO YEARS LATER: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT ONGOING LEGISLATION

    The use of ivory in decorative items, weapons, jewelry, and all manner of objets d’art is a custom going back thousands of years. Its fine grain and smooth glossy luster has made it a desirable material for craftsman in many different cultures and artistic traditions, using ivory derived from many animals, from whales to elephants.Read the Rest…

    MARCH 18TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    It’s Friday! Here’s our weekly roundup of interesting art-related events and news from around the Internet! Recently Bethlehem’s famous Church of the Nativity was undergoing conservation, when a mysterious religious artifact made of brass, silver, shells, and stones was found covered in plaster near a window. Apparently, while it has been cleaned, there are noRead the Rest…

    WHO MADE THIS? A RESEARCHER’S GUIDE TO ARTIST ATTRIBUTION

    Within the art market and in the world of art research, one of the most pertinent questions to evaluating a piece of artwork is determining the artist. When artwork is viewed like any other commodity, the artist’s name is akin to a brand that may or may not be desirable, and matching an artist to aRead the Rest…

    HEIRLOOM FASHION: PROTECTING AND STORING FUR

    January 26th, 2016 · 4:38 pm  →  Appraisal Blog Conservation

    As an appraisal company we come across many antiques, fine art, and art objects on a daily basis. Recently, the cold winter months have uncovered a number of fur coats, stoles, and hats as well. Whether newly purchased pieces or cherished family heirlooms, furs can be a high-value investment. Much like the challenges that faceRead the Rest…

    GOOD COPY, BAD COPY, REAL THING? MIDCENTURY FURNITURE’S AUTHENTICITY PROBLEM

    Midcentury design has experienced a surge in popularity such that the market has been flooded with copies. Only some of these are being made by the original manufacturers who, having been given the blessing of the original designers, continue to produce them in keeping with their original design. Most, however, are knock-offs, and it canRead the Rest…

    ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM AND JOAN MITCHELL

    In the book The New York School; A Cultural Reckoning, writer, professor, and art critic Dore Ashton claims “With the emergence of Abstract Expressionism after World War II, American art made its force known for the first time in American culture and turned the attention of the international world from Paris to New York, itsRead the Rest…

    AUGUST 7TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    It’s finally August! Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. Opening this weekend! The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago‘s installation of Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys “Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis.” Im Reich der Sonnenfinsternis, the first major work by this duo toRead the Rest…